“Not for the Faint-hearted”

By Jim Adams, who teaches at Dakar Academy—a boarding and day-school program (K-12) largely for the children of international workers.

Updated: January 19, 2012

I especially look forward to our January Dakar Academy outreach each year; this year it’s the 20th to the 22nd. A missionary friend and I take a small group of senior boys to the site to set up the camp before the rest of the team arrives. We haul and filter water and have everything ready when the main group reaches the site on Friday.

As soon as everyone arrives at the site, they stow their gear in their tents, break into teams, and get to work.

Prayer Needed!

This year we will be going back to the same area we were in for the 2011 Thanksgiving outreach. It’s a challenging place—99 percent of inhabitants are adherents of the dominant religion and have little Christian influence.

If this outreach is to be effective, however; it will be because friends like you are praying for us. Outreach would be little more than an activity if it wasn’t totally immersed in prayer!

I wish I could take you on the outreach with me—it’s incredible! But it’s not for the faint-hearted.

No Complaints

These kids are amazing. They work hard from 7 a.m. to about midnight each day. Depending on the team they’re on, they’re either building a church, painting, performing with puppets and doing drama in the village, or taking care of medical needs; the list goes on.

From about 8:00 p.m. to midnight all of the kids are involved in conducting the evangelism campaigns. (Our plan for this outreach is to share Christ in 14 villages.) No matter how tired they are, you never hear any of them complaining.

When I say that we need your prayers, I am serious. We will be taking 146 people, including students and staff as well as overseas workers, national pastors, and evangelists. We will travel in 14 vehicles, hauling trailers, generators, a cement mixer for building a well, sound equipment, and much more into the bush. Once in the bush, we will drive on rough roads (some little more than cow paths), and we will minister under difficult conditions.

But amazing things happen, and we are looking forward to God working and changing lives! Stay tuned for updates.

What You Can Do

Pray for a successful January outreach; pray also for Alliance workers the world over.

Learn more about our work in Senegal.


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